Jackson County's population topped 200,000 during the past year, and about one-third of residents live in the city of Medford.

Jackson County's population topped 200,000 during the past year, and about one-third of residents live in the city of Medford.

Figures released by Portland State University's Population Research Center show Jackson County added nearly 3,700 new residents between July 1, 2006 and July 1, 2007, a growth rate of 1.9 percent. Josephine County added about 1,200 new residents, (1.6 percent growth), and its population rose to 82,390.

Ashland remains Jackson County's second largest city, with 21,630 residents. Central Point now has 17,025 people, and Eagle Point has 8,565 residents.

Oregon law required the annual population estimates as a mechanism for distributing certain tax revenues.

Medford (75,675) is now Oregon's eighth largest city, trailing Portland (568,380) Eugene (153,690), Salem (151,895), Gresham (99,225), Hillsboro (88,300), Beaverton (85,560) and Bend (77,780).

Only five of Oregon's 36 counties grew faster than Jackson County, including three in Central Oregon. Deschutes County's grew at a 5.4 percent rate (8,195 people); Crook County, 5.5 percent (1,360 people); and Jefferson County, 2.9 percent (620 people).

Washington County grew at a rate of 2.1 percent with 10,490 new residents.

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— Bill Kettler